Sibling Rivalry (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  26 October 1990 (USA)
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A frustrated woman's life gets even more frustrating once she gets into an affair with a man who suffers a fatal heart attack after their fling.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Meany
Iris Turner-Hunter
Harry Turner
Rose Turner
Charles Turner Sr.
Charles Turner Jr.
Wilbur Meany
Dr. Casey Hunter
Dr. Plotner
Ron Orbach ...
Don, the Desk Clerk
Edward Escobar ...
911 Officer
Hotel Security Guard


Marjorie Turner is suffocating. Her younger sister Jeanine has no ambition, and her 8 year marriage to Harry puts her in constant competition with his family (all doctors), whom he is also competing for the affections of. One day, she snaps while food shopping, and beds a mysterious man, who die during the moment of passion. When she forgets her wallet, a vertical-blinds salesman finds it, and things get complicated from there... Written by Allison L. Venezio <>

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26 October 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bratsko suparnistvo  »

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$17,854,930 (USA)

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Did You Know?


This was a surprising hit in Italy where it was released under the slightly more intriguing title of "Brief Fling with a Corpse". See more »


Marjorie Turner: It wasn't sex. It was good!
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Referenced in Seinfeld: The Dog (1991) See more »


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A Carl Reiner Classic?
13 February 2005 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Starring Kirstie Alley at her funniest, this comedy has what it takes to be a future classic. The cast alone makes this a perfect comedy which includes Scott Bakula, Ed O'Neill, Bill Pullman, Sam Elliott and Carrie Fisher. Not your typical female "chick flick" movie, Sibling Rivalry is the story about a housewife who has an unlikely affair with her husbands brother. Sounds like a Greek tragedy, but it is not. Sibling Rivalry plays on the coincidence factor and does it successfully. The cast of characters are as funny a the lines they say. Taking place in a small community, the events all take place in a number of days and in a small number of locations. With the feel of an independent, low budget movie, Sibling Rivalry is also a typical Carl Reiner film where everything blends together by the end. Not your typical romantic comedy like When Harry Met Sally, this is one of Carl's classic and it is just as good if not better.

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